While everyone is waiting for the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, it almost - almost - seems as if what the box office results will be are overshadowing everything else.
Of course, will The Dark Knight Rises be able to overtake - or even come close to - the juggernaut known as The Avengers?
The Avengers had a $207 million opening in May, and currently it's being said The Dark Knight Rises is tracking to open in the $180 million range, with it even possible that Christopher Nolan's last Batman film might open better than Joss Whedon's Assemblers.
However, the LA Times notes that while The Avengers saw the benefit of the extra price of 3-D ticket sales, not so for The Dark Knight Rises.
While "Dark Knight" is playing on IMAX screens, there are fewer of them than the number of 3-D screens that played "The Avengers," giving the Batman movie fewer theaters at which it can charge a premium.
The Times goes on to state that The Dark Knight Rises should have the highest non-3-D opening, surpassing Nolan's previous Batman flick, The Dark Knight.
And currently, The Dark Knight Rises is rated 6 points higher than The Avengers for audience anticipation i.e. "tracking."
Sounds like a classic Marvel Vs. DC fight to me.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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